Elisha’s Encounters with Children (2)
“Then he took his eldest son that should have reigned in his stead, and offered him for a burn offering upon the wall…”
The Moabites were an army deceived by what appeared to be a blood-drenched battlefield (vss. 21 & 22). The mistake soon turned into a rout! The king of Moab, then took his oldest boy, his heir and sacrificed him! Here we are confronted with a child of some upbringing, a king’s son, who is sacrificed.
Elisha was the designer of the battle plan, per the Lord’s instructions, that brought about the confusion in the looming conflict (vs. 16ff). As a side note, an important feature of this God-directed plan was music. In verse 15, a minstrel played and God’s hand rested on the man of God. I know I’m considered by many as old fuddy-duddy, but music plays an important role in the lives of its listeners as well as the participants. Nothing I can write or say will change your mind; it’s like concrete–thoroughly mixed up and firmly set! But, God help you parents to at least know what your teens and pre-teens are listening to.
Some children have been raised properly to a point and then for whatever reason parents waver from the way of right, decency and good sense. Discipline that was once demanded becomes ignored. Consistency is perhaps the most important ingredient of all in child rearing. Sometimes. self-indulgence, self-pity or self-love replace discipline, consistency and tough-love. The sacrifice of a child shadows a foreboding future with regret. –Dr. Tim Green
On the subject of music, I can testify to the very firm fact that music does, indeed, play a major role in human behavior. Let us not forget that satan was the angel of music at one time, and he certainly knows how to entice and captivate the human mind, leading us astray in whatever weakness we may have. Music is just like anything else in this world. If it is taking first place over the Lord, it is an idol. When my girls were teenagers I made it a point to know exactly what they were listening to. Many is the time I threw their music in the trash, and taught them to take notice of what was going on in their minds and behaviors, and how their moods changed, when they listened to the heavy metal, rap, or any other worldly trash of the day. “Garbage in, garbage out!”
I was raised on old-time country music, and let me tell you that when I hear some of it today, I am reminded of some pretty bad memories from my past because of poor choices. For me, if it is not about the Lord, I usually do not have a desire to hear it. And every time I try, for just a bit, to listen to some old 70s favorites it does not take long for a sad or bad memory to surface, and I am led back to the good old uplifting songs of faith. AND, do not be deceived! Many of the very successful artists of this worldly music have admittedly sold their souls to that old devil and they use their music for his purpose. They do not hide it! They receive fame and fortune in return, but sadly, their souls will spend eternity in hell with their deceiver unless they turn from it. Is that the road we want our children to go down, or ourselves for that matter?! BE INFORMED:
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